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Honorary doctorate for jurist and economist Holger Fleischer

Date of news: 26 July 2021

Radboud University will present an honorary doctorate to Professor Holger Fleischer (1965) during the celebration of its 98th Dies Natalis, the university’s birthday, on Thursday 21 October.

Holger Fleischer is the director of the Max Planck Institut für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht in Hamburg and professor at the Bucerius Law School in Hamburg. He was nominated by professor of Company Law Claartje Bulten: “Fleischer is an authority in the field. He is known as one of the great innovators of company law in Germany. He is a jurist as well as an economist, and he gains new insights because of his approach, which crosses the boundaries of the different disciplines and legal fields. He recently wrote an innovative book on partnerships from a comparative law perspective, comparing legal forms such as the Dutch maatschap (partnership) and vennootschap (limited partnership) with eleven other countries, including even Russia and the United States. The enormous number of publications from his hand are considered groundbreaking and original, partly because he combines legal history, comparative law, law and economics, European law, and positive law.”

Fleischer is very interested in the developments in Dutch company law and reads Dutch academic literature.

Corporate Social Responsibility

His field of research includes German and European company law and financial law, commercial law including accounting law, economic analysis of law, and comparative law. Fleischer is explicitly involved in the debate on corporate social responsibility; see his recent article on corporate purpose (ECFR 2021), for example.


The Max Planck Institute in Hamburg and Radboud University have collaborated for many years, including through the exchange of PhD candidates.

Fleischer is a member of the European Commission’s Informal Company Law Expert Group, the Académie Internationale de Droit Comparé (Paris), the German-American Juristen-Vereeniging, and the European Institute for Corporate Governance. He is also an editor of the authoritative Rabels Zeitschrift and European Company and Financial Law Review. In 2008, the German Research Foundation presented him with the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize (also known as the German Nobel Prize).